Saturday, April 30, 2016

And Then There Was Four

Just when I thought I was going to be pregnant forever, little Mason finally graced us with his presence Sunday, April 24.  I was only 38 weeks but I had experienced so many labor signs, I kept getting my hopes up and every night, I thought, "This is the night."  Around midnight Saturday night I was started having contractions that hadn't been like any I had yet and were pretty painful but just not steady yet.  I woke up pretty much every hour on the hour with a contraction I could not sleep though.  Finally around 4 am, I felt like they were steady enough and we went to the hospital just to be sent home.  Literally as soon as we were leaving, I started having more intense and closer contractions but we just went home because I didn't want to just be sent home again.  Two hours later, we were back at the hospital getting admitted and was at 4 cm.   Between waiting on being admitted, waiting on blood tests to come back, and  waiting on the anesthesiologist to come up, I got to 7 cm and the pain was so much worse than it was with Chloe.  Once I got the epidural, it was smooth sailing from there and Mason entered this world at 3:31 pm.  He was exactly 8 lbs and 19.75 inches long.

He is perfect in every way and came in this world alert but calm.  I remember asking the doctor if he was okay a couple times because he did not cry very much at all.   

Chloe came in to visit her brother and it was the best moment.  She was so in awe on him and kept on saying, "I wanna touch him." and "He is so cute."  I could not ask for a better experience.  Eric was perfect, Chloe was perfect, and our family is complete with our new addition. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mason's Nursery

 It is official, Mason's nursery it complete and I love it! I knew before we found out what we were having that I wanted to do a superhero theme if it was a boy so that is what we went with and did the walls in a neutral color since there is a  lot of color when it comes to superheroes.  I was worried about it being too much with all the superhero decor and color but I love how it turned out.  I almost feel like it needs more color but that is something we can obviously add down the road.
Here is the main wall with the crib which we got from Ikea and it is called the Stuva crib.  I really love it and it was super affordable.  The furniture is the first pieces we bought from Ikea and although it is kind of confusing since there are so many different boxes you have to get, I am really happy with it.  We got the letters from Hobby Lobby for 40% off and ended up being only $20 all together.  We were going to go with the themed letters you can buy on Etsy but I couldn't bring myself to pay $70 plus for them.  I am happy with the black ones though because they are large enough that you do not need anything else to fill the wall.  We went with striped walls and used a light grey and a dark grey.  Eric did awesome on the walls and I love how the crown molding (I wish I would have gotten a better picture that included it all but wasn't thinking) and chair rail adds so much more to the room,  Eric used to remodel homes so it turned out perfect and he knocked it out quick!  
I was originally looking for a crib bedding set but decided to just buy a sheet and then all we need to do is add a crib skirt.  I felt like it did not make since to pay $100 for a  set when the baby since we never even used the blanket when Chloe was a baby and I guess now crib bumpers are being called unsafe.  
This is right when you walk in the room.  The changing table is on the left and which I am pretty disappointed in.  I do love it but I had no idea the top part sticked out like that.  In the picture online, you cannot tell that it sticks out and Ikea did not have a display of it where we bought it so we found out when Eric put it together.  I was also not a big fan of how much dead space there was when you add the changing pad.  You can see where the diapers are in the back how much space there is. We just added some baskets from At Home and filled them with diapers and wipes and it makes a big difference.  I am getting used to it though and it was not that big of a deal to return it.  It turns into a desk for when Mason gets older so that is one reason we just kept it.Here are some up close pictures of the changing table,  It has a little opening under the table and then three drawers and two little cubby spaces where we added two baskets from At Home.  We added a cityscape superhero decal I bought from Sweetums Wall Decals online.  I really love this piece and it fit perfect above the changing table.
 On the other sides of the room, we decided to just do light grey at the top and dark grey at the bottom because I felt stripes all around might be too much.  I ordered the superhero prints that are in the frames from an Etsy shop called Kawaii Kids Design.  I bought the digital prints for $11.25 and had them printed off at Target for less than $20.  The frames are from the Dollar Tree so it was pretty inexpensive.

This is just behind the door.  The three little canvas pictures are from Walmart and were just $5 each.

This is the full wall tbhe changing table is on.

 On this side of the room, Eric put up a wall ledge on both sides and we just sat these superhero stuffed animals that I got from Amazon on them.  They were actually the first items we bought for the baby's room.  Below each ledge, we added a superhero picture frame we got from Burlington Coat Factory and were only $9.99 each.

 Instead of spending $30 on a throw pillow, I just bought this cover from Sewing What Etc on Etsy for $8.
This was Chloe's rocking chair  so that was one thing we did not have to buy.  I am thinking about adding another pillow or two to it or maybe a superhero stuffed animal. 

I am really happy with how it turned out.  I feel like it will transition well when Mason gets older.  The grey walls will really go with anything.  And since the crib transitions to a toddler bed and the changing table transitions into a desk, we will be able to keep the furniture items for a long time.  With this being my second child, I felt like this nursery was a lot easier (Eric would probably disagree) because I knew what we needed and what we would not use.  It feels like our home is almost complete now, we just need the most important part, our little Mason!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Our Weekend and First Haircuts

Our weekend started with appointments and getting stuff done.  I took Chloe to an appointment Friday after work.  At her three year check up, her doctor wanted to see her back  because her growth wasn't consistent with what it has been.  I knew something wasn't right because the nurses measured her three times but whatever the doc says, I am gonna do so we went back for that and they measured her another three times!  The first time, they said she shrunk so they did it again and by the third time, all the nurses came to watch Chloe get measured.   They finally got a correct measurement and the doctor said everything was all good.  We went to my mom's and came home with three extra girlies.  We had a little sleepover with her little cousins which Chloe always loves.
We took the girls home early Saturday and went to an eye appointment so I can get glasses.  Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted glasses so I was actually excited.  They had the cutest little kid glasses too which Chloe had a blast trying on.
We also had an appointment to have Chloe's hair trimmed.  She did so good and I was so surprised.  She of course had a hard time keeping still but overall did awesome and she loved sitting in front of the big mirror with the cape on.  Last weekend, I did the stupidest thing and had Eric cut my hair.  I always trim my own hair because it is so thick and if I mess anything up, it usually is not a big deal but this time, I went way too far!  I put it in a ponytail and told Eric to cut it and while he was doing it, I thought to myself how bad of an idea it was. It ended up being so short and so uneven!  So, I had her look at my hair too to see if I should grow it out first.  She ended up making time to go ahead and cut it for me.  Although it is super short, I am happy with it and she even thinned it out in the back which I love.  It is funny because that is actually my first salon experience ever after 27 years of life and I shared it with Chloe.

I don;t know if you can tell but she is flipping her hair!

I ended up taking my mom to the ER Saturday night because she had a temp and since she has cancer and has to take chemo, they always want her to come in to be checked out.  Chloe came with me  since Eric had to work a few hours that night.  She always finds a way to have fun and the nurses loved her and ended up giving her a teddy bear she calls "Teddy" now.  They ended up keeping her because she has pneumonia. We ended up getting home around midnight and since we were already up, we watched  a movie and went to sleep. Sunday, we didn't do much but visit my mom, laundry, and watched the season premiere of "Fear the Walking Dead."  If you are a fan of zombie movies and shows, you will probably like this show.  So, that was our weekend. Even though I feel like I could have gotten a lot more done, we did get a lot of appointments out of the way and I got to have my little sidekick along with me!